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POLS303 New Zealand's Political Economy

Historical overview of New Zealand politics; inequalities; key actors including trade unions, business associations. Treasury and political parties, major areas of public policy.

This paper will show you that you should never trust an economist, that 95% of economics is common sense and that economics is not a science - it's politics.

Paper title New Zealand's Political Economy
Paper code POLS303
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised
Paper Structure
The first part of the paper examines the main theoretical approaches to political economy. In the second part of the paper, we examine contemporary issues in political economy.
Textbooks
There will be a course reader, which will contain all the key readings. The library does not hold copies of the course reader, so you will need to purchase your own copy.
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
To be advised

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Historical overview of New Zealand politics; inequalities; key actors including trade unions, business associations. Treasury and political parties, major areas of public policy.

In this paper we will first examine three schools of thought drawn from classical political economy. We begin with liberalism and then move on to the idea of mercantilism. Finally, we explore the ideas of Marxism and imperialism. We then briefly review the history of New Zealand's political economy from 1935-2016. We will particularly focus on the John Key/Bill English governments since 2008 and issues that have arisen during this period, such as welfare reform, free trade, taxation, poverty/inequality, privatisation and climate change.

Paper title New Zealand's Political Economy
Paper code POLS303
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Pending approval, this paper may be offered for 2018 Summer School.
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
chris.rudd@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Chris Rudd
Paper Structure
The first part of the paper examines the main theoretical approaches to political economy. In the second part of the paper, we examine contemporary issues in political economy.
Textbooks
E-reserve on Blackboard
Course outline
View a sample course outline for POLS 303
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. To acquire knowledge and comprehension of major thinkers in classical political economy
  2. To analyse classical political economic theories and to identify underlying assumptions, cause and effects, how well arguments hang together and whether conclusions well supported
  3. To apply knowledge and understanding of classical political economic theories to New Zealand's recent political economy
  4. To evaluate policies and decision making both in terms of explicitly stated goals/aims as well judgments based on 'external' criteria
  5. To synthesise knowledge, comprehension and analytical and evaluative skills and to create a unique, original piece of written communication

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 2-5, 7
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Thursday 10:00-11:50 2-7